1. Oatmeal Cherry Crisp
Oatmeal Cherry Crisp

Oatmeal Cherry Crisp

Jessica Merchant | Dessert, Seasonal, Cherries |American

This delicious Cherry Crisp Recipe made with Harry & David cherries takes very little effort to prepare and is so delicious. Don't let the minimal amount of ingredients and ease-of-preparation fool you this dessert is a hearty treat for the whole family to enjoy!

Cherries are the quintessential summer fruit--juicy, sweet and just perfect! While cherries make a fun snack on their own, here at Harry & David we also love using them in desserts during these hot months. An oatmeal cherry crisp is more accessible than a cobbler or a pie because it's easy to bake and there's a satisfying texture on top for crunch. It's simple, quick and delicious. It also provides a warm, tangy invitation for some vanilla ice cream on top. Juicy, sweet flavors, crunchy caramelized sugar oats on top and melted ice cream rivers that stream through the fruit? Count us in. We know you'll fall in love too. Enjoy!

Oatmeal Cherry Crisp

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 45 minutes | Total Time: 55 minutes


  • 2 pounds fresh Harry & David Cherries, pitted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Oatmeal Crumble Top

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • vanilla ice cream, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cut a handful or two of the cherries in half, so you have some whole and some half. Place them in a 9-inch round baking dish.
  3. Whisk together the sugar and cornstarch, then sprinkle it over the cherries and toss well.
  4. Add in the vanilla extract and toss. Let sit for 15 minutes. Toss again.
  5. Place the butter pieces on top of the cherries.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt.
  7. Use a fork to add the softened butter and then use your hands to bring the mixture together, moistening all of the mixture until it resembles sand. Sprinkle it evenly over the cherries.
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the crisp on top is golden and the cherries underneath are bubbling.
  9. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream!
Makes: 1 crisp
Serves: 4 servings